Williams, who lost his mother in 2014 to breast cancer, had “Find the Cure” written in his eye black, a statement he has been sporting for five years during breast cancer awareness month. This is the first time he’s received punishment from the league for it.
Cornerback William Gay was also fined by the league. The NFL Network reported that Gay has worn purple cleats during the last two Octobers to honor his mother, who was killed by an act of domestic violence, and raise awareness. This also marks the first time he’s been fined.
Last Sunday, the NFL reportedly made eye black with the words "Tackle Cancer" available to wear. Williams however, chose to use his own “Find the Cure” motto, for which he has since been fined.
Williams previously tried to honor his mother by attempting to wear pink uniform accessories, but was told by the league it would not make an exception. So instead, Williams dyed his hair pink.
This follows an incident in which Williams’ teammate Cam Heyward was also fined by the NFL for illegal eyeblack. The defensive end wrote "Iron Head" on his eye black to honor his father, who suffered from cancer before he died.